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The Asics Gel Nimbus 16’s were the trainers I bought myself when I signed up for my first half marathon.

After training on an old pair for a while I decided that my first race deserved a new pair of trainers.

They were quite new at the time and so were expensive (relative to previous pairs I had bought).

They were a little disappointing on durability and I now use them for indoor training at the gym (I have to get my money’s worth) Here is how I got on with them in more detail:

Asics Nimbus 16
Asics Gel Nimbus 16

Name: Asics Gel Nimbus 16

Price: £120

Bought from: Wiggle 

Colour: Purple/Lime

Special Features:

  • Forefoot and Rearfoot cusioning
  • Impact guidance system (to help enhance your foots’ natural gait)

Stability: Good

Style: Ok



The cushioning on these make them very comfortable which is perfect for beginners who are building up time on their feet

They are quite tame colour wise and the style is quite nice.

I have found they are a great fit, regardless of how much they are worn they don’t “give” too much which is great support-wise.


They haven’t lasted very long – I trained for 2 months and ran a half marathon on them and the soles have almost completely lost their grip and worn down (which is unusual for me, my trainers usually last a lot longer)  – for the price they aren’t very durable which is very disappointing as they are one of the most expensive pairs I have bought

Overall Rating:

3 out of 5 stars

Regardless of features and the comfort they are not very cost effective and haven’t lasted very long at all, which for the price is disappointing, I doubt they would see an amateur marathon runner through training and the event.

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*This is NOT a paid for review, all thoughts, opinions and advice are my own* 

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